Hard Pulling Machines: Best SUVs for Towing a Load
When shopping for a new SUV, one of the top things to consider is the vehicle’s towing capacity. This is especially true for the drivers who need to haul a big load. Here are five of the best SUVs that are built to tow a heavy load.
2016 Chevrolet Tahoe
The Chevy Tahoe remains one of the best heavy-duty SUVs on the market. Its tough-nosed design makes it a great long-term investment. Not only can the Tahoe pull a lot of weight, but it can also accommodate up to seven passengers. The fully-loaded LTZ model offers an extremely luxurious ride.
All versions of the new Tahoe come equipped with a strong V-8 engine. Chevy has tuned the 5.3-liter engine to deliver a potent 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Unlike a light-duty SUV, the Chevrolet Tahoe is designed with a very strong frame. You will be able to tow up to 8,500 pounds. While even the rear-wheel-drive version is a capable performer, the optional 4WD system enables you to overcome deep snow and mud. Chevy also offers a Z71 Off-Road package, which includes enhancements such as a rugged suspension and off-road tires.
If you plan to tow extremely heavy loads on a regular basis, check out the Max Trailering package. It includes a self-leveling suspension and a trailer-brake controller. Furthermore, the SUV’s available low-range gearing gives you enhanced pulling power.
2016 GMC Yukon
In terms of sheer size, there are only a few SUVs that can rival the 2016 GMC Yukon. It provides enough room for up to nine passengers to climb aboard. Standard features such as Apple CarPlay and a built-in Wi-Fi connection makes it an outstanding vehicle for taking road trips. The top-of-the-line Denali model also comes equipped with a rear-seat entertainment system.
The new Yukon comes equipped with the exact same engine as the Chevy Tahoe. This means that it can pull just as much weight as its smaller sibling. All trim levels are equipped with a sturdy hitch and a wiring harness for hooking up a trailer. You can also opt for a HD Trailering package, which provides an air suspension system.
To further enhance the Yukon’s handling, the Denali model features GM’s innovative Magnetic Ride Control system. This cutting-edge suspension makes the Yukon perform like a much smaller vehicle.
2016 Toyota Sequoia
Automotive journalists have given the Toyota Sequoia high marks for its quiet ride and ultra-spacious interior. When equipped with the available 4WD system, the Sequoia transforms into a very rewarding off-road machine. Some of the standard components include a touch-screen audio system, Bluetooth technology, and rear-seat sunshades.
Under the hood sits Toyota’s sturdy V-8 engine. The 5.7-liter engine produces an impressive 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. Even when hauling around a full load, the Sequoia always feels energetic. You have the ability to tow up 7,400 pounds. The optional 4WD system comes standard with a locking center differential.
If you need additional cargo space, all of the rear seats can be folded completely flat. While a rear-view camera comes standard, you can also opt for blind-spot monitoring and parking sensors. The luxurious Platinum model is equipped with adaptive cruise control.
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Known for its legendary off-road capabilities, the Jeep Grand Cherokee also has a lot of pulling power. While even the V-6 version is quite strong, the V-8 and diesel models can tow up to 7,400 pounds. If you are seeking a truly thrilling performance, take a good look at the high-performance SRT model.
When it comes to tackling rugged landscapes, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is second to none. Featuring skid plates and hill descent control, the Off-Road Adventure package is a must for traveling off the beaten path. Meanwhile, the sporty-looking Overland model is a great street machine.
2016 Ford Expedition
If the type of towing requires extra muscle, you can depend on the sturdy Expedition to handle the task. The eight-passenger SUV is the perfect alternative to a full-size pickup truck. When equipped with the appropriate hitch, the 2016 Ford Expedition can pull more than 9,000 pounds.
Although the base trim’s technology will satisfy most people, there are plenty of upgrades to choose from. Featuring a total of 12 speakers, the powerful Sony sound system should intrigue music lovers. Some of the other luxurious options include heated seats, retractable running boards, and a touch-screen infotainment system.